Looking for Oakland County’s freshest fruits and vegetables? What about flowers in almost any color? On it’s ‘open’ days, the hustle and bustle of the Oakland County Farmers Market can lead you to both.
The Oakland County Farmers Market is a mainstay for providing grower-direct fresh produce and flowers to county residents and visitors. Hosting more than 100 farmers and artisans, from 17 Michigan counties, shoppers will find fresh vegetables, fruits and baked goods as well as flowers, crafts and more. Spend the day at the market and enjoy a breakfast sandwich or barbecue lunch served by market vendors. The market also hosts many special events, educational programs, cooking demonstrations and can be rented by the public for various purposes.
WILDER SIDE OF OAKLAND COUNTY
There is no celebration of asparagus quite like the three days of food-stomping, hand-clapping, green-spear eating fun that was held last weekend in northern Michigan. The festival took place on the streets of downtown Empire, a village nestled in the shadows of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and barely a stone’s throw from the waves of Lake Michigan. Are you wondering how one celebrates asparagus? I traveled to Empire to find out and quickly became an active participant in Empire’s 12th Annual Asparagus Festival, an event that even outshines St. Patrick’s Day when it comes to being green.
Farmers Markets in Oakland County have flowers & plants to make your yard beautiful and fresh foods to make you healthy.
The International City/County Management Association stated that, “local farmers markets create a vibrant shopping experience that benefits area farmers, businesses and consumers by keeping wealth in the local community and strengthening the local economy”.
Why You Should Shop at Local Farmers Markets
The best reason is to have access to fresh, locally grown foods that are bred for flavor. Farmers markets have fruits and vegetables at the peak of the growing season, so produce is at its freshest and tastes the best.
The food is typically grown near where you live, not thousands of miles away or even in another country. Shopping at farmers markets supports your local farmers. When produce is grown and purchased locally, the money remains in the community and stimulates the local economy.
Buying locally grown produce encourages more regional farming and preserves open spaces. You can also meet the farmers who grow your food and you can ask when it was picked, how it was grown, and you can find out different ways to prepare it.
Support the farms, farmers and the products of the Oakland County and the State of Michigan at any of the local Farmers Markets.
Visit our Farmers Market Page for a continually updated listing of the many Farmers Markets in Oakland County. Most markets run May through October.